- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A federal judge denied bail to D.C. telecommunications executive Walter Anderson yesterday, keeping the man prosecutors call one of the biggest tax cheats in U.S. history behind bars at the D.C. Jail.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman in a 19-page opinion wrote that numerous books and pamphlets investigators say they found in Mr. Anderson’s home and office raised “troublesome questions.”

The publications included titles such as “Poof! How to Disappear and Create a New Identity,” “I.D. by Mail” and “Methods of Disguise,” according Judge Friedman’s ruling.

Mr. Anderson was arrested last month at Washington Dulles International Airport after a return flight from London. Authorities say Mr. Anderson, 51, owes $210 million in income taxes to the federal and D.C. governments.

Judge Friedman wrote that Mr. Anderson “potentially could spend the remainder of his life in prison if convicted.”

Authorities say that since the 1980s, Mr. Anderson earned $450 million through investments and business dealings conducted through offshore firms set up to appear nonprofitable.

Judge Friedman said that while Mr. Anderson has no history of violent criminal activity, he could easily slip out of the country undetected.

“Mr. Anderson appears to have the ability not only to flee the District of Columbia and the United States without detection, but also to live comfortably and evade capture in foreign jurisdictions,” Judge Friedman ruled.

Judge Friedman also cited evidence prosecutors have disclosed indicating Mr. Anderson owns a 19,000-square-foot mansion in Spain and that he controls $20 million in cash through two Swiss bank accounts.

The judge also cited numerous aliases investigators said Mr. Anderson has used over the years, including names such as “Mark Roth,” “William Prospero” and “Dr. Paul Anderson.”

Attorneys for Mr. Anderson could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Court records show Mr. Anderson’s legal team has disputed the notion that he would leave the country before trial.

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